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Apailana was a human female monarch who served as the Queen of Naboo during the final days of the Clone Wars and the early days of the Galactic Empire.[4] She was one of the youngest rulers to be elected by the Naboo, succeeding Neeyutnee at the age of twelve.[3]

Shortly after the Clone Wars, the young queen attended the funeral of Senator Padmé Amidala,[4] who had supported Apailana's election as the new monarch. However, she did not believe the official story of Amidala's demise, which claimed that rogue Jedi had assassinated the senator.[3]

A Braha'tok-class gunship named the Apailana's Promise served the Rebel Alliance during its struggle against the Galactic Empire.[5]

Personality and traits[]

Apailana measured 1.57 meters and had brown eyes and light skin. During Amidala's funeral, she wore a headdress in tribute to Amidala,[3] as well as makeup and,[4] as with her predecessors and per Naboo tradition, a scar of remembrance. She did not believe the lies told by the Empire about the Jedi, specifically that they were responsible for Amidala's tragic death.[3] Apailana had the qualities she sought in Naboo's rulers: her pure heart and absolute devotion to the peaceful values ​​of the planet.[3]


The mourning dress that Apailana wore to Amidala's funeral consisted of a purple underdress under a white-gold funeral gown with a purple trim embossed with the royal emblem. She also wore a feather-crested shiraya fan headdress with mourning beads hanging from it that symbolized Naboo's tears.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

"It feels kind of strange knowing that I rule the whole planet of Naboo and I'm only thirteen. At first, my face—because it was really white—was a bit of a shock. But when the whole costume was put together and the headdress was put on, I really felt proud, like a Queen."
―Keisha Castle-Hughes[7]

Apailana was portrayed by the Oscar-nominated New Zealander actress Keisha Castle-Hughes in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[4] Castle-Hughes spent seven hours in make-up for her role in Episode III and filmed her scene in only one day.[source?] The character's name is similar to "Pai" Apirana, Castle-Hughes' character in the 2004 film Whale Rider.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Queen Apailana in the Databank (backup link)
  2. According to Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, Apailana became Queen of Naboo at age 12, towards the end of the Clone Wars. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Clone Wars was a four year conflict spanning from 22 BBY to 19 BBY, Apailana became Queen of Naboo in 20 or 19 BBY. Therefore, her birth 12 years prior was between 32 and 31 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  5. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  6. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  7. Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars
  8. StarWars-DatabankII.png Queen Neeyutnee in the Databank (backup link)
  9. Queen's Shadow establishes that monarchs of Naboo can only reign for, at maximum, two two-year terms. In Queen's Shadow, Padmé Amidala is succeeded by Réillata, who had already served one term in office prior to Amidala's reign, thus limiting her to one more term in office. The novel is set four years after the Invasion of Naboo, which is dated to 32 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, dating Réillata's re-election to 28 BBY and the end of her second term to 26 BBY. According to Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z, Jamillia served for four years. Queen's Hope, set in 22 BBY, states that Jamillia is nearing the end of her time in office, indicating that she is nearing the end of her second term in office, and thus that she was first elected Queen in 26 BBY, and that her reign ended that year. Since Neeyutnee's Databank entry states that she was Jamillia's successor and that she was elected early in the Clone Wars, Neeyutnee must have become queen around 22 BBY.
  10. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  11. Dalné was depicted as Queen during the events of Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places Leia Organa's birth in 19 BBY. The events of Leia, Princess of Alderaan commence just after Organa's sixteenth birthday, which places the events of the novel in 3 BBY.